Lanyon Quoit, a dolmen in Cornwall, England

Lanyon Quoit

The dolmen known as Lanyon Quoit lies a few kilometres southeast of Morvah in Cornwall. In 1815 the dolmen collapsed during a storm. Nine years later it was rebuilt, but not exactly in its original form. Nevertheless it is a frequently visited site and a much photographed monument.

Lanyon Quoit

Lanyon Quoit today has three standing upright stones 1.5 metres high, the largest of which is 5.5 metres and weighs more than 12 tons. The original monument before the 19th century storm consisted of four upright stones. The reason why it now only has three is because the fourth was too badly damaged.

Lanyon Quoit lies at the northern end of a passage grave 26 metres long and 12 metres wide. The grave is covered with grass and stones and has also sustained damage, making it difficult to see properly. At the southern end of the tomb lies a pile of loose stones, which was probably originally some kind of burial kist.

Lanyon Quoit
Lanyon Quoit
Lanyon Quoit

Text Harrie Wolters

Translation Alun Harvey


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